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Verrill Sprunk's lake home on Little McDonald Lake in Frazee is flooded from both the lake and front side. Sprunk and his wife have been fighting the flood for nearly three months and have five pumps running to try to mitigate the damage. Chris Franz / The Forum

Homeowners face unique flood fight against lake with no inlet or outlet

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FRAZEE, Minn. - The murky, dark-brown floodwater sloshed halfway up Verrill Sprunk's boots as he surveyed his driveway Monday afternoon.


Visibly weary, Sprunk assessed the small stacks of sandbags on the driveway of his vacation home at Little McDonald Lake.

The lake has swollen to never-before-seen levels this year, forcing residents to undertake weeks of flood fighting since April with no end in sight.

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